[Grammar] Article "a" or "the"?

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Hi everybody!

Why do we always use an indefinite article "a" before the word lie while necessarily definite article "the" before the word truth?
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Hi everybody!

Why do we always use an indefinite article "a" before the word lie while necessarily definite article "the" before the word truth?
Thanks a million!
probably because usually there can be many lies, but only one truth

However, there can be situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth', but they're not common.

Can you think of situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth'?
 

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probably because usually there can be many lies, but only one truth

However, there can be situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth', but they're not common.

Can you think of situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth'?

The lie you told me last night hurt me a lot.
It's a bitter truth that you don't actually want to do that.
Are these ok?
 

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It's used in the plural in home truths.
 
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